OAPA! Older Adult Pet Adoption Program
Research has shown the physical and emotional benefits of pet ownership, including reduced blood pressure and lowered stress levels. For older adults, especially if a spouse has passed away and children live far away, it gives them another living creature in the house always happy to see them, a special bond, and responsibility which gives them meaning and purpose in life.
The Older Adult Pet Adoption Program was created for those older adults wishing to experience the joy of pet companionship but, may be worried about what might happen if they encounter poor or declining health.
In the OAPA! program, when the older adult adopts the companion animal, he or she may designate someone to take the pet if he/she is unable to care for it.